Psychology (MSc Program)

Steven Cronshaw, Professor Emeritus
Kenneth Prkachin, Professor Emeritus
John Sherry, Assistant Professor and Acting Chair
Sherry Beaumont, Professor
Han Li, Professor
William Owen, Professor
Paul Siakaluk, Professor
Annie Duchesne, Associate Professor
Loraine Lavallee, Assistant Professor
Nick Reid, Assistant Professor
James Climenhage, Adjunct Professor
Tammy Klassen-Ross, Adjunct Professor
Elizabete Rocha, Adjunct Professor
Julie Howard, Senior Lab Instructor IV
The MSc in Psychology at UNBC provides breadth in the substantive and methodological areas of Psychology, with a focus on health and human psychology. The MSc provides advanced research and experiential training so that graduates gain skills beneficial to academic and related areas.


Applicants must have an Honours degree in Psychology or an undergraduate degree in Psychology (or a related field) with research experience.
Students interested in applying for the MSc in Psychology are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are received at UNBC by the application deadline. Students are required to submit the following for consideration of admission:

  • a completed application form;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of interest;
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions;
  • three letters of reference from academic referees; and
  • a copy of a thesis or paper submitted for coursework.

Application deadlines are found in this calendar under Admissions and Regulations, or online at: (under Semester Dates). The Psychology MSc Program accepts students for the September Semester.
For additional information about graduate admissions or to download application materials, go to the Office of Graduate Administration website at


Students in the MSc Program are required to complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of coursework including two quantitative methods courses:

PSYC 600-4 Univariate Statistics
PSYC 605-4 Multivariate Statistics

and four courses, two of which must be from the following:

PSYC 607-3 Social Psychology
PSYC 608-3 Psychology and Environmental Conservation
PSYC 609-3 Health Psychology
PSYC 611-3 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 618-3 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 621-3 Biopsychology
PSYC 622-3 Positive Psychology
PSYC 627-3 Cross-cultural Psychology
PSYC 631-3 Psychopathology
PSYC 632-3 Cognition
PSYC 685-3 Current Methods in Psychological Research

These courses provide students with the basic foundations upon which to build their MSc research. In addition, all MSc students are required to successfully complete an MSc thesis (PSYC 690-12).
Students must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.33 (B+) or greater by the end of their second semester of registration, and maintain it at B+ or better thereafter.
Students may be required to address deficiencies within their background preparation in Psychology or in their area of concentration that are identified by the Psychology Graduate Committee. Additional courses may be required.
Normally, students present an acceptable thesis proposal to their supervisory committee by the end of their first year in the program. It is expected that defence of the Master’s thesis will take place within two years of the commencement of the program.

Updated: September 1, 2023